Product previews

Sun Solaris 10 rev to include ZFS and PostgreSQL; Mercury Interactive unveils Change Control Management; Sun extends StorageTek virtual tape solutions; Business Objects bundle combines reports and dashboards; Bluesocket WLAN gear taps MIMO

Sun Solaris 10 to integrate ZFS and PostgreSQL

Sun announced a June release of the solaris 10 operating system that will incorporate ZFS 1.0, Sun’s new 128-bit file system, and the open source PostgreSQL database. ZFS automatically detects and corrects data corruption and eliminates the need for a volume manager. PostgreSQL will help leverage Solaris’ predictive self-healing, OS containers, and DTrace (dynamic tracing) technologies.

Solaris 10, Sun Microsystems

NetApp launches new SAN flagship
Network Appliance has released the FAS6030 and FAS6070, the first two models in a new line of large-scale storage systems aimed at supporting large numbers of NAS- and SAN-based business applications. According to NetApp, the modular systems can scale to 500TB of capacity and allow administrators to set service priorities for data sets and dynamically change them to maintain performance levels for key workloads.
NetApp FAS6000, Network Appliance

Mercury Interactive offering manages changes
Mercury Interactive has unveiled Mercury Change Control Management, a new solution built on Mercury’s CMDB (Configuration Management Database) that helps automate the change management and review process. Change Control Management aggregates change requests, identifies the impact of changes at the infrastructure, service, and application levels, and generates business impact analysis of proposed changes based on predefined business risk.
Mercury Change Control Management, Mercury Interactive

Sun extends line of StorageTek virtual tape solutions
Sun has announced two additions to the Sun StorageTek VSM (Virtual Storage Manager) system. The VSM System 4e and VSM System 5 virtual tape solutions for mainframe environments simplify data management by storing data on a virtual disk buffer and migrating it to a tape device based on user-defined policies. Both models will be available in August.
StorageTek VSM System 4e and System 5, Sun Microsystems

Business Objects Vision Server combines reports and dashboards
Business Objects this month will release Crystal Vision Server, an addition to the Crystal line that provides access to information in databases and applications, creates reports and dashboards, and presents them in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, or via the Web. The product bundles the Crystal Reports designer and server, the Crystal Xcelsius dashboarding software, and Crystal Live Office for accessing data in Microsoft Office applications. Crystal Vision Server starts at $12,500 per package for five concurrent user licenses.
Crystal Vision Server, Business Objects

Check Point brings unified threat management to firewall/VPN
Check Point Software Technologies has released two new editions of its VPN-1 gateway software, called VPN-1 UTM and VPN-1 Power, that combine firewall, anti-virus, intrusion prevention, and both IPSec and SSL VPN functionality. According to Check Point, the software examines more than 150 applications, services, and protocols, and includes a built-in Web application firewall that guards against threats riding VoIP, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer traffic. The starting price of VPN-1 UTM is $799 and for VPN-1 Power is $3,500. VPN-1 UTM and VPN-1 Power are also available in firewall/VPN appliances from IBM, Nokia, and Crossbeam.
VPN-1 UTM and VPN-1 Power, Check Point Software Technologies

Centrify extends Active Directory federation services to Linux, Unix, Mac
Centrify has released Centrify DirectControl 3, software that extends Active Directory identity and access management to Unix, Linux, and Mac systems. According to the company, DirectControl 3 brings ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) capabilities including distributed authentication and authorization and Web single sign-on to Web-based applications hosted on Apache and J2EE servers. Licenses start at $50 per workstation and $300 per server.
Centrify DirectControl 3, Centrify

Bluesocket unveils enterprise WLAN Access Point based on legacy-compatible MIMO
Bluesocket announced an enterprise-class wireless LAN AP based on MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology. Now in beta trials, the BSAP-1700 (BlueSecure Access Point 1700) promises a 30 percent increase in range and throughput with standard 802.11a/b/g clients versus APs using legacy 802.11 technologies. General availability is expected in July.
BlueSecure Access Point 1700, Bluesocket